The New Year's Zydeco Trip to Louisiana is the best New Year's party in the country! If you haven't experienced it, you are missing a whole lot of fun. Fly into New Orleans on Thursday, Dec. 27 for the Rock 'n' Bowl zydeco dance (get a good hotel rate at www.hotwire.com for a 3-star hotel near the airport, or in downtown N.O.), then drive up to the Holiday Inn in Lafayette on Friday, check in, and get ready for more fun than you might think possible for the New Year's weekend! Leave for home on Jan. 2.
Zydeco Group Room Rate at the Holiday Inn (Lafayette) will be $60 + tax/night. To book your rooms at the Holiday Inn on Evangeline Thruway in Lafayette, call the hotel direct at 337-233-6815. Be sure to identify what you are booking for--"New Year's Zydeco Group Rate," and the dates you want to stay. If you have any problem getting the $60/night rate, ask to speak to Ashley DeRouen, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. They have both king bed rooms & two queen bed rooms.
Now for the new benefit the hotel is offering! Each hotel registrant in our zydeco group will receive a voucher at the time of registration good for a continental breakfast each morning in the Bistro. The voucher will be good for coffee, juice, Danish & muffin. Should you want the full buffet breakfast ($8.95), the value of the voucher ($4.95) will be applied to lower the cost of the full buffet breakfast to $4.00. What a great benefit!
And, don't forget to leave a gratiuity for your waitress. The Holiday Inn-Lafayette is once again pulling out all the stops for us. Please let them know we appreciate it.
Lafayette Restaurants - links and locations
Maps to Dance Venues in the Lafayette area
Tourist Attractions - links and descriptions
Camping close to Lafayette - at the bottom of the Dance Venues Google map are public campgrounds. There are also commercial campgrounds which cost more but are perhaps closer to the dance venues. There's a great park in the city of Opelousas with a very reasonable rate.
THURSDAY, Dec. 27: Rock 'n' Bowl-New Orleans; Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie; 9 PM-Midnight. Non smoking venue.
NEW YEAR'S EXTRAVAGANZA in Lafayette, LA will be Dec. 28-Jan. 1.
FRIDAY, Dec. 28: Tribute to Roy Carrier; Zydeco Hall of Fame-Lawtell;
Troy Carrier is again organizing the annual New Year's "Tribute to Roy Carrier." Due to logistical problems (toilets), this year it will be held at the Zydeco Hall of Fame (formerly Richard's Club) just outside Lawtell on Hwy. 190.There will food for sale--fried chicken, bbq, red beans & rice, gumbo, ummm! Cover charge will be $20/day--what a bargain! NON SMOKING VENUE.
Live music from 3 PM until midnight, beginning with Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, followed by Corey "Lil' Pop" Ledet, followed by Lil' Pookie & the Zydeco Sensations, and ending with Lil' D & the Zydeco Allstars. Non smoking venue.
FRIDAY, Dec. 28: Grant Street Dance Hall-Lafayette; Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Zydeco Band-8 PM-$10.00. Non smoking venue.
SATURDAY, Dec. 29: Café des Amis-Breaux Bridge; Joe Hall & the Louisiana Cane Cutters; 8:30 AM -Noon. Non smoking venue.
SATURDAY, Dec. 29: Tribute to Roy Carrier; Zydeco Hall of Fame-Lawtell; Live music from 2 PM until 10 PM, beginning with Dikki Du & the Zydeco Krewe, followed by Joe Hall & the Louisiana Cane Cutters, followed by "T" Broussard & the Zydeco Steppers, and ending with Horace Trahan & the Ossun Express. Non smoking venue.
SATURDAY, Dec. 29: La Poussiere-Breaux Bridge; Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys; 7:00-10:00 PM. Non smoking venue.
SATURDAY, Dec. 29: 7th. Annual Mayor's New Year's Charity Gala-Opelousas Civic Center; Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band will play around 9 PM. Dinner is included in the $30 cost. For further info & tickets, call 337-789-5048, or email email@example.com. Non smoking venue.
SUNDAY, Dec. 30: Whiskey River Landing-Henderson Levee; Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie; 4:30-8:00 PM. Smoking permitted.
MONDAY, Dec. 31: Vermilionville-Lafayette; Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie; 9:00-Midnight. Non smoking venue. The doors open at 8 PM, the dance begins at 9 PM until 12:30 AM.
The website is now up for ordering tickets to the Geno Delafose New Year’s Eve Dance at Vermilionville. The doors open at 8 PM, the dance begins at 9 PM until 12:30 AM. The corrected website is www.bayouvermilion.org/index.cfm?load=event&event=331 It is likely the number of tickets will be set at 350 again this year to avoid overcrowding.
MONDAY, Dec. 31: Evangeline Downs Casino-Opelousas; Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band; probably 10:00 PM. $5.00 includes free party favors & champagne, plus $5 in slot play. Info. at www.evangelinedowns.com. Non smoking venue.
TUESDAY, Jan. 1; St. Peter Catholic Church Hall-Carencro;
Conversations are in progress with L'Angelus Family Cajun Band to play their annual New Year's Day Brunch Dance. 10:30 AM-1:30 PM. Gumbo & homemade goodies will be served. Go north on I-49 to Carencro exit (5 miles), left to Romero St. (which becomes Church St.), left 2-blocks to church hall. Non smoking event. Stay tuned for confirmation.
TUESDAY, Jan. 1: Tribute to Roy Carrier; Zydeco Hall of Fame-Lawtell; Live music from 2 PM until 10 PM, beginning with Snuggles & the Show Stoppers, followed by Dwight Carrier & the Zydeco Ro Dogs, followed by Jeffrey Broussard & the Creole Cowboys, and ending with Step Rideau & the Zydeco Outlaws. Non smoking venue.
I will send an updated email as more zydeco events come to my attention.
Chubby Carrier's newest cd "Rockin' With Roy" is just out. It is a tribute to his father Roy Carrier. Go to firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase it. And, don't be surprised to see Chubby show up at the Zydeco Hall of Fame over the New Year's weekend.
Dick Brainard email@example.com
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